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Basic information about Childhood Apraxia of Speech, definitions, characteristics, speech & language development basics.

  • Speech Therapy

    A Primer

    By
    Ellen Councill, M.Sc., CCC-SLP

    Speech and Language Terms or “Speech Therapy 101” As a rule, most people use the terms Speech and Language interchangeably. In fact, these two areas are very distinct categories, both developmentally and neurologically. “Speech” refers to the mechanics of talking and includes the movement of tongue, lip, cheek, throat, and upper body muscles to produce […]

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  • Prognosis for Apraxia

    What Does The Future Hold?

    By
    Lori Hickman, M.A., CCC-SLP

    A prognosis is, at best, an estimate of how your child’s speech skills will improve with therapy. An exact outcome is impossible for any SLP to predict. There are many features/traits in a child’s life that will differ with each child, that have a great deal of influence in terms of the outcome for a […]

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  • Oral Movements and Language Development

    By
    Katie Alcock, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Lancaster University

    How are Language Development and Motor Development Linked? People have been asking for a long time whether children who are good, or poor, at motor (movement) skills are likely to be good, or poor, at language skills. Here’s what we know so far. When you look at walking, running, jumping and other gross motor skills […]

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  • Literature Review of Speech Therapy Methods for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

    Selective excerpts and quotes from the professional literature regarding speech therapy for apraxia in children. Reviews of various methods for therapy.

    “Principles Most Often Suggested as Important to the Treatment of Developmental Apraxia of Speech: Use of intensive paired auditory and visual stimuli Production of sound combinations vs. isolated phoneme training Focus on movement performance drill Use of repetitive production and intensive systematic drill Careful construction of hierarchies of stimuli Use of decreased rate with proprioceptive […]

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  • Late Blooming or Language Problem?

    from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association

    Reproduced with permission from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, http://www.asha.org Parents are smart. They listen to their child talk and know how he or she communicates. They also listen to his or her s who are about the same age and may even remember what older brothers and sisters did at the same age. Then the […]

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  • Language: A Code for Communicating

    By
    Paul P. Wang and Marleen Ann Baron

    Excerpted from Children with Disabilities, (pp. 275-292), Fourth Edition, edited by Mark L. Batshaw, M.D. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing, http://www.brookespublishing.com. Copyright 1997 by Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Ordering Information: ISBN 1-55766-293-2 Hardcover […]

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  • Language Processing and Comprehension Issues and Children with CAS

    By
    Chris Dollaghan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Language processing refers to the mental operations by which we perceive, recognize, understand and remember sounds, words, and sentences. Because it happens “inside the head,” language processing can’t be seen directly, instead, we have to test for processing problems. It’s natural to focus on the speech production difficulties of children with CAS, but there are […]

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  • Intervention for Bilingual Children with CAS

    By
    Kathryn Kohnert, Ph.D., CCC, and Ruth Stoeckel, M.A., CCC-SLP

    From a practical standpoint, bilinguals can be defined as individuals who use more than one language in their daily communicative interactions (Grosjean, 1982). In the global village, more than half of all children learn at least two languages. In many cases, these children are from families in which one language is used at home, and […]

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  • How to Think About a Speech/Language Evaluation

    By
    Sharon Gretz, M.Ed

    The following are tips for parents who suspect apraxia of speech may be an issue in their child and are seeking a speech/language evaluation. The tips were put together by an experienced mom involved with the Apraxia-KIDSSM Network. I am not a speech pathologist. However, over time; through my own experience with my son; conversations […]

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